Monthly Archives: August 2018

Are antipsychotics linked to chronic diseases in youth? – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A new study determined the effects of first exposure to antipsychotics on weight gain and insulin sensitivity in children and teenagers. Antipsychotics are medications primarily used to manage symptoms of psychosis such as delusions, hallucinations, and paranoia associated with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Antipsychotics are a well-established treatment…

Islet transplantation a good alternative to insulin therapy for type 1 diabetes – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 3 Average: 3.7] A recent study by French researchers compared the safety and effectiveness of islet transplantation to insulin therapy in type 1 diabetes patients. Type 1 diabetes occurs when no or very little insulin is released by the pancreas. Insulin is a hormone produced by islet cells in the pancreas…

Gout treatment: Large trial compared effects of febuxostat and allopurinol – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] A recent study in the NEJM describes the outcome of a large clinical trial that compared cardiovascular risks of febuxostat or allopurinol for gout treatment. Gout is a kind of arthritis that occurs due to the formation of urate crystals within the bone joints. Uric acid, a substance…

New smart bandages could monitor and treat chronic wounds – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] Researchers in the United States present their findings on research into new smart bandages capable of real-time monitoring and treating chronic wounds. Chronic wounds develop when a wound fails to heal within the expected time, which might be a couple of weeks or up to several months. They…

High screen time among students affected by age, gender, and parents’ education – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study determined the prevalence of high screen time among students and the factors associated with it. Sedentary lifestyles with lower physical activity are becoming common, especially pastimes in front of electronic screens. High screen time among teenagers is increasingly being recognised as a public health concern…

Gluten-free foods are popular, but do they actually benefit our health? – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] Researchers analyzed how valuing gluten-free foods relate to health behaviours in young adults. These health behaviours include being conscientious of their weight, exercise, and food production values. In the last decade, gluten-free foods have risen in demand. We can walk down our grocery aisle and easily find gluten-free…

How can we improve sleep in nursing homes? – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Nursing home residents often sleep poorly. American researchers recently reviewed all the previous studies that investigated methods to improve sleep in nursing homes. People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities often sleep poorly. Poor sleep is associated with many problems, including cognitive decline, heart…

How effective are medications for opioid addictions after overdoses? – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 4 Average: 5] Researchers in the United States investigated whether the use of medications provided better treatments for opioid use disorder after opioid overdoses. Opioids are medications that kill pain. When used properly, they can help, but the misuse of opioids can cause dependence, overdose, and death. Anyone using prescribed or…

Sleep apnea: CPAP therapy may help reduce heart failure risk – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 1] A recent study in the Journal of the American Heart Association examines the relationship between sleep apnea, heart failure, and continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) therapy. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a person stops breathing 5 to 30 times per hour of sleep. Studies have…